Night of fashion and fun in aid of children’s health

Published 12 May 2010

jessicaStudents at the University of New England’s Earle Page College will stage their annual charity fashion parade on Saturday 15 May to raise money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

About 100 Earle Page residents are collaborating to give the local community an enjoyable evening’s entertainment while displaying the latest fashionable clothing available in Armidale. The students create their own energetic dance routines for the parade, which will be held at the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club, beginning at 7.30 pm.

This annual event is a major component of Earle Page College’s “Coast Run” fund-raising campaign, now in its 31st year. Last year’s fashion parade raised almost $8,000, while the entire Coast Run campaign for the year raised over $30,000 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. The climax of the campaign is the “run” itself – from Armidale to Coffs Harbour – in September.

“The annual fashion parade is one of the biggest events on the College’s calendar,” said the Fashion Parade Coordinator, Jessica Boyle (pictured here preparing for the parade). “It’s a great charity event in Armidale, bringing people together to support a long-running charity tradition.” She invited the whole community to come to the fashion parade and “see what university students are doing for the Children’s Medical Research Institute”.

“The event is definitely worth all the effort – not only because it’s for such a good cause, but because everyone always has such an enjoyable night,” said this year’s Coast Run Convener, Lauren Nay.

The Earle Page College Coast Run Fashion Parade is sponsored by Roberts and Morrow and New England Mutual. Tickets cost $25 for adults, $20 for students, and $15 for children under 15, and can be bought through the Earle Page College Office (ring 6773 5300) or at the door, where entry will begin at 7 pm.

THE PHOTOGRAPH of Jessica Boyle displayed here expands to include seven other participants in the fashion parade: (from left) Elizabeth Jarvis, Nicole Magann, Stefanie Taylor, Myee Gregory, Jessica Boyle, Selina Broxom, Lauren Nay and Bradley Fitzpatrick.